Wednesday, December 28, 2005
December 14, 2005
The Friends of the Hood River County Library are planning a “Hood River County Reads” Project to encourage all ages in the community to read and discuss the same book during the spring of 2006.
The unifying book will be “Bat 6,” by Virginia Euwer Wolff, because of its rural setting and its reading level suitable for all ages. This book addresses issues of diversity which exist everywhere. Our goal is to increase positive dialog and mutual understanding among these diverse groups in our city.
Friends is applying for a grant from Oregon Council of Humanities. As a demonstration of community support and collaboration, Friends is asking for local donations to help meet expenses.
Beginning in late winter the schools will introduce the book in classes and follow up with discussions and projects using various media (drama, art etc.). In early March, a proclamation of “Hood River County Reads” by city/county officials will kick off a month-long series of book discussions in the adult center, community centers, the library, local coffee shops and other gathering places in town.
A final event will be held April 9. Author Virginia Euwer Wolff will give a presentation and lead a discussion for all who have participated.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge